February 16, 2018 / 4:55 PM / a year ago

U.N., OSCE experts call for Turkey to overturn journalist convictions

FILE PHOTO - David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, listens to Edison Lanza, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

GENEVA (Reuters) - Turkey should reverse the decision to jail six journalists for life, the U.N. and OSCE experts on media freedom said in a joint statement on Friday.

“These harsh sentences are an unacceptable and unprecedented assault on freedom of expression and on the media in Turkey,” David Kaye and Harlem Desir said in a joint statement issued by the U.N. human rights office.

Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Andrew Roche

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